yasuaki onishi: reverse of volume RG at rice gallery


the suspended sculpture is built by the artist first draping plastic over stacked boxes, then removing these components in order to achieve a meditation on the reality of negative space.
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life-sized lady nutcrackers by jennifer rubell

several female mannequins have been positioned on their sides atop a pedestals, reconfigured in such a way that their inner thighs crack the hard shells of nuts when the left leg is pulled down to meet the right.

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qumarion – 3D CGI animation using physical mannequin

‘qumarion’ lets users pose a jointed doll, automatically transferring all movements in realtime to the animation of a CGI model. the project is planned for commercial release within 2012.

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ByALEX A Range

Designed by Company | Country: United Kingdom

The A Range is a simple furniture based on two interlocking letter As shapes. The range includes a stool, side table, coat stand.

Made from accredited birch plywood and available in white and grey, the A Stool and A Table come in a simple box with a carry-away handle. This is the first flat-pack, carry away furniture sold at John Lewis stores.”

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extase hand-carved stamps

This weekend I met up with two of my favorite friends to check out the MoCCA Festival (Museum of Comic & Cartoon Art) at the Armory. I’ve never been to a comic book festival, so I had fun taking it all in. During one of our booth chats I ended up discussing wood-block and linocut prints, and I was reminded of how much I wanted to get back into making stamps on my own. I took a stamping class at Lena Corwin’s years ago and really enjoyed carving into lino blocks over and over. So I was happy to see these cute hand-carved stamps from Extase on Etsy. Each is mounted on a piece of salvaged wood and comes in recycled packaging. As much as I love making my own stamps, having an option like this is great if you’re looking for something fun to decorate with and don’t want to break out a set of carving tools. The Extase shop has a ton of great options, which you can see and shop right here (prices range from $9–$13 each). xo, grace



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paint chip table runners

I’ve really got to let my love of graduated color changes go continue to flourish. I seriously can’t get enough of this right now. I used to fill my face with images of pattern upon pattern, but these days all I want to see is a good ombre or tonal color change. For some reason that subtle change from one end of a color to another is all the detail I need. Leif was carrying paint chip placemats for a while, but now they’ve added a table runner that I’m pretty sure would look perfect on our crazy pink office desk. And considering it doubles as a dining table for ten biz ladies every Friday, I think this might count as a business expense. Right? I’m hoping so, because my “buy” finger is getting pretty trigger-happy right now. If you need a little more color in your life, click here to check out and buy these colorful runners at Leif ($55 each). xo, grace

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molly hatch plate paintings

I’m always interested to see what artist Molly Hatch is working on. In addition to being the maker of my beloved morning coffee mug (thanks, Kristina), she is one of my favorite ceramics artists on the scene. Molly recently debuted a new series of “plate paintings” at SOFA NY that use source imagery from the MET in NYC and the MFA in Boston. Working with curators from the textile, print and drawing departments of each museum, Molly created a new project called “COVET” that takes classic art and reproduces it on a series of 25–30 ceramic dinner plates. I love seeing the artwork in this form — it’s such an interesting spin on the pieces we see in museums. Click here to check out more images from COVET and here to see more of Molly’s work online. xo, grace

Source material for the plate painting above, “Lost Arcadia” by Isaac de Moucheron (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY)


Source material for the plate painting above, “Versailles Orangerie Part III” by Jacques Rigaud (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA)

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